Indie Record Stores Are Turning the Tables on Texas Music Sales

Indie Record Stores Are Turning the Tables on Texas Music Sales

For some time now, prognosticators have been predicting the total demise of records—you know, the old-fashioned discs that play musical sound—as well as the brick-and-mortar establishments that sell them. And yes, it’s true that CD sales are down, and more than a few record stores have shut their doors. But there’s good news for those of us who can’t imagine life without flipping through bins, admiring the physical objects for their creative covers, and listening to the tunes imprinted in their grooves.

Across Texas, vinyl is doing more than spinning. Sales are surging.

Robert Ealey – Texas Bluesman, “I Like Music When I Party!!”

Robert Ealey – Texas Bluesman, “I Like Music When I Party!!”

Blues musician Robert Daniel Ealey, son of Sam and Emma Lee Ealey, was born in Texarkana, Texas, on December 6, 1925. After serving in the United States Army during World War II, Ealey moved to Dallas in 1951 with the hopes of becoming a gospel musician. But under the influence of such blues legends as Lil' Son Jackson and Lightnin' Hopkins he was lured into a life of blues.

A Bone to Pick

A Bone to Pick

Music fans are likely familiar with T Bone Burnett for his behind-the-scenes work. He’s first and foremost a gifted record producer. The list of albums he’s orchestrated for other musicians, often contributing his own talents as a multi-instrumentalist, is extraordinary, among them the Counting Crows’s August and Everything After, the Wallflowers’ Bringing Down the Horse, and Robert Plant and Alison Krauss’s Raising Sand. Besides those standouts, he’s produced albums for B.B. King, Steve Earle, Elton John, Los Lobos, Elvis Costello, John Mellencamp, Gillian Welch, Tony Bennett, Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison—even Spinal Tap.

Stephen Bruton - In the Spirit of the Ft. Worth Tradition

While Bruton was raised in Fort Worth, Texas, his experiences in his fledgling years weren’t ensconced in one musical genre, which paid off with his association with various other singers and players, as not only a guitarist, but also as a producer. When VG hooked up with Bruton, his fourth solo album had just been released and was garnering very positive reviews.

An Interview with Stephen Bruton

An Interview with Stephen Bruton

Depending on who may or may not be on the road, the Resentments consist of Jon Dee Graham, Bruce Hughes, “Scrappy” Jud Newcomb, John Chipman and, over on stage left, Stephen Bruton. No need to worry about who plays what; the group takes turns on bass, guitar, vocals, drums, songwriting and one-liners. It’s a fun night–not quite a guitar toss, not quite a full-fledged band. It’s just Bruton playing with friends. And that, more than anything, pretty much describes how Bruton has lived his life.

Doyle Bramhall II Opens Up On His Lifelong Guitar Journey & New LP 'Rich Man' (Interview)

Doyle Bramhall II Opens Up On His Lifelong Guitar Journey & New LP 'Rich Man' (Interview)

Doyle Bramhall II has never really been your average Joe musician. He cut his teeth on blues, added rock, funk, R&B and Jazz intonations into his playing as he evolved from the kid at not only his legendary father’s feet but family friends Stevie Ray and Jimmie Vaughan as well. He took a love for Lightnin’ Hopkins, left school and began his journey, ending up playing beside Eric Clapton, Roger Waters, Charlie Sexton, Derek Trucks, Gary Clark Jr and Susan Tedeschi. He found the inside of a studio invigorating, challenging, satisfying. He has spent so much time working with others that his own records became further apart.

Doyle Bramhall II, the Guitar Hero Who Doesn't Insist on Guitar

Doyle Bramhall II, the Guitar Hero Who Doesn't Insist on Guitar

Since he strapped on a guitar at age 14, Doyle Bramhall II recognizes that he's led a charmed life in the music world. His drummer father grew up and performed in bands with Stevie Ray and Jimmie Vaughan, and by the time the younger Bramhall's talents began to show, he began playing with the best. He toured with the Fabulous Thuderbirds at 18 and released a handful of solo albums, before transitioning into a role as a producer, sideman and songwriter for much of the 2000s, playing alongside Roger Waters (handling the David Gilmour parts), Eric Clapton and Sheryl Crow, among many others.

Forgotten Heroes: Cornell Dupree

Forgotten Heroes: Cornell Dupree

Given his involvement with so many chart-topping radio hits since 1965, it is astonishing that so few people—including guitarists—have heard of Cornell Dupree. Yet there is little doubt they’ve heard him play. For almost half a century, AM and FM radio stations—and now internet-radio channels—have been broadcasting tunes he played on many times a day.